Blog Archive: November 2015


National Book Awards: Now and Then

Nov 24, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

One of the wonderful things about social media is that it makes all sorts of things possible. Like “attending” the National Book Awards ceremony via live-stream and/or Twitter hashtag, from the comfort of one’s own computer screen. (Sure, you miss out on the cold-lobster appetizer, and the apple millefeuille with vanilla ice cream—but you can wear sweats and you don’t need a ticket.) Such is how I became a fly on this particular wall, anyway.

I didn’t watch the full festivities, but I did catch the announcement of the awards in young-adult literature, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. So I want to say a public “Congratulations!” to all of the winners, finalists, and long-listed authors/titles.

As I followed along, I couldn’t help wondering what the event must have been like back in 1962—when Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker was up for the award in fiction.


American Jewish Experience Around the Web

Nov 17, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

Welcome to the latest installment of “American Jewish Experience Around the Web,” in which we curate for you some of the most compelling items we’ve discovered online lately that address American Jewish Experience (AJE).



Today’s the Day—Official Publication Date for THE PAWNBROKER

Nov 10, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

Fig Tree Books is proud to issue a new edition of Edward Lewis Wallant’s classic novel The Pawnbroker, featuring a riveting foreword by acclaimed author Dara Horn.

The Dazzling Dara Horn

Nov 3, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

“At age 15, Dara Horn was learned and eloquent beyond her years.” So begins the latest in our series of new looks at important works of American Jewish literature: Elizabeth (Liz) Edelglass’s discussion of A Guide for the Perplexed, a 2013 novel by Dara Horn. Liz goes on to note that a couple of decades later, this author’s talents are no less impressive.